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Another Liverpool restaurant slapped with zero star food hygiene rating

A restaurant in Garston has been ordered to shape up after health inspectors gave it a damning safety rating.

The Spice Brasserie on St Mary’s Road has been given a food hygiene rating of zero after an inspection by Liverpool Council last month. It is the second city venue in as many months to be slammed by the local authority for its standards.

Koko Burger on Oakfield Road, Anfield, was given a similar mark in February. According to the Food Standards Agency website, urgent improvement is necessary across all facets of The Spice Brasserie.

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It said that preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food was in immediate need of upgrading at the location that describes itself as an Indian and Mexican restaurant. Its website said that The Spice Brasserie is “earning the reputation of a popular Indian takeaway in Liverpool due to the quality and flavors (SIC) of the foods served here.”

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“Since the idea of opening an Indian takeaway grew up in our mind we started searching for the reliable sources that can supply the best cooking methods and ingredients regularly for our restaurant.” The local authority inspectors deemed that “urgent improvement” is necessary in the cleanliness and conditions of The Spice Brasserie’s facilities and building, including “having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control” to enable good food hygiene.

A similar rating was handed down based on the management of food safety, relating to how the business has “system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.” On its website, the business claims to offer among other things, a “super healthy salad”.

The local authority inspection took place in March, with the FSA providing advice on how to achieve an improved rating. Should The Spice Brasserie seek to appeal the decision, the business will first need to contact Liverpool Council for a breakdown of why the lowest rating possible was awarded.

If this is still felt to be wrong or unfair, management can appeal to the FSA in writing to challenge the decision. A right to reply will also be published on the FSA website alongside its rating.

The ECHO approached The Spice Brasserie for comment.

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